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Yankees 6, Orioles 1: This is the Luis Cessa we’ve been waiting for

Maybe the Bombers will be okay replacing Luis Severino and CC Sabathia with internal options after all.

MLB: Spring Training-New York Yankees at Baltimore Orioles Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports

The Yankees traveled to Sarasota to take on the Orioles tonight. Luis Cessa must have heard Aaron Boone say that Domingo German and Jonathan Loaisiga might both start the season in the rotation. He brought his “A” game tonight as the Bombers downed the Orioles 6-1.

Here are three takeaways from the game:

  1. Cessa had a great night, tossing four scoreless innings with four strikeouts. He gave up just one hit—a single—and didn’t walk a batter. Good for him. It’d be nice to see Loaisiga and German follow suit.

2. The left field competition that we were hoping for hasn’t amounted to anything. The Yankees have already locked Brett Gardner in there, and he has gotten off to a hot start this spring. Meanwhile, Clint Frazier entered today’s game with only three hits to his name over 18 at-bats. He struck out, popped out, grounded out, and grounded into a double play today. At least he’s healthy.

3. Speaking of spring training competitions, it seems like Tommy Kahnle will win the last spot in the bullpen. The Scranton Shuttle should be in good shape, though. Lefties Stephen Tarpley and Phillip Diehl have both pitched well this spring. The former tossed a scoreless inning with a strikeout tonight, while the latter notched two strikeouts over 1.1 innings.

Tomorrow is another split-squad day. Half of the team will take on the Tigers in Lakeland at 1:05 ET. Nestor Cortes will start that game. The rest of the Yankees will take on the Pirates at home at 1:05 ET with J.A. Happ set to take the mound. Neither game will be televised, but you can listen to the first game on, and WFAN has the home game.